Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.
A passionate group of advocates from across the country rallied in Washington D.C. last month to protest school closures and file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The "Journey for Justice" event was just one of a rising tide of opposition to the unjust practice of closing down failing schools.
Everyone knows that all students thrive when they learn in a safe school environment, but the reality is, this is not the case for most students. Zero-tolerance and harsh discipline policies are pushing students out of schools, into the streets, and at times, into prison. In Allegheny County, Black students are suspended at nearly 5 times the rate of their White peers and twice the rate of Black students around the country, according to data from the Office of Civil Rights.
The OTL Campaign held its second webinar this week, this time exploring how advocates can use data documenting unconscionable disparities in access to educational resources to connect with allies and build a movement for change. It was an exciting and inspiring discussion!
Free Webinar! Solutions Not Suspensions:
How to Go from Mad to Movement Building
October 3, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
UPDATE: Join the discussion and follow live updates from the event on Twitter using #Journey4Justice and on Facebook!
On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!
Thanks to the organizing efforts of students and advocates in Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission governing the Philadelphia school district has adopted a revised code of conduct that begins to rollback harsh school discipline policies. The new code gives principals more discretion in dealing with disciplinary issues and limits the number of infractions for which students can be suspended.